MAC Award Winners 2013


The Bowen Award, named in honor of long-time member Louisa Bowen, provides financial assistance to a resident or full-time student of the MAC region pursuing graduate education in archival administration to encourage the study of archival administration.

Laurel Gildersleeve

Laurel Gildersleeve

Laurel holds a BA in cinema and media history from the University of Minnesota, as  well as degrees in film production and screenwriting. She is currently enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison, with a concentration in Archives and Records Administration. Laurel works as a graduate assistant in the archives at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, and volunteers with the  Jail Library Group, the Media History Digital  Library, and the moving image collection at Circus World Museum.

Laurel is dedicated to media literacy and outreach, and serves as Co-chair of the SAA Student Chapter Advocacy Committee, and Social Media Officer for the ALA Student Chapter. She is a current member of MAC, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Laurel is presenting a student poster on her work with  audiovisual archives at the 2013 MAC Conference in Indianapolis, and the 2013 SAA Annual Meeting in New Orleans.



The Emeritus Scholarship provides financial assistance for travel and conference expenses to individuals who have not previously attended a MAC meeting.

Kit Hughes

HughesKit Hughes is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursing an interest in interdisciplinary questions between media and archival studies.  Her media history research focuses on the production and circulation of labor expertise through media artifacts and practices.  Her archives administration coursework through the University’s School of Library and Information Studies brings archival theory and practice to bear on this research in such areas as access and appraisal.  As a volunteer and now a student employee at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research she has done everything from providing reference assistance to appraising new collections, and is currently a project assistant for the Center’s NHPRC-funded reorganization of the Emile de Antonio Collection.

Brianna Marshall

MarshallBrianna Marshall is pursuing a master’s degree in library science through the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, scheduled to graduate in May 2014.  Her particular interest is in using digital technology to preserve and promote access to special collections and archives.  She is building her expertise in digital collections management as the Digital Projects Assistant for the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction, and as the Indiana University Digital Library Program’s project assistant for the Avalon Media System, an open source software for managing and preserving audio and video files.  She presented on her work at the 2012 Society of Indiana Archivists annual meeting, and in a student poster at the 2013 MAC annual meeting.




The Motley Award, named in honor of MAC’s first president Archie Motley, provides financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and encourages ethnic diversification of the Midwest Archives Conference and of the archival profession as a whole.

Christina Stone


Christina Stone received her B.A. in Art History and Visual Culture from Michigan State University and is pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Science degree with Archives Management concentration from Simmons College. Ms. Stone has much experience in the archival field already, including working at MSU’s Kresge Art Museum and Fine Arts Library as an undergraduate student. Currently she works at Simmons as a Graduate Student Assistant in their Library Science program, as well as working at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art as a Registration Assistant. She’s had internships at the Smithsonian, the Culinary Arts Museum, and at Boston University. She’s the winner of the Spectrum Scholarship of the American Library Association as well as other awards via Simmons and MSU. Ms. Stone is a current member of several professional organizations including the American Alliance of Museums and New England Archivists, among others. 

Joanna Chen

altJoanna Chen received her B.A. in History from University of California Berkley and is pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Science degree with Archives Management concentration from University of California Los Angeles. Ms. Chen has done concentrated course work – and work in the field – with Holocaust studies. Ms. Chen has worked as a content researcher at a museum in Los Angeles. Additionally she has completed the Western Archives Institute as a scholarship recipient and attended the California Association of Museums and Council of American Jewish Museums conferences as a fellow. She’s a member of the Society of California Archivists and the California Association of Museums.



The New Author Award was instituted in 1993 to recognize superior writing by previously unpublished archivists, and may be awarded to practicing archivists who have not had article-length writings published in professional journals or to students in an archival education program.

Suzanna Conrad


Suzanna Conrad is currently Digital Initiatives Librarian at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Suzanna received her MLIS at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011, and also possesses an MBA in International Management from University of East London and a BA in History from Cornell University. Before joining the library at Cal Poly Pomona, Suzanna participated in the design and implementation of an online tutorial for Purdue University Libraries Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Toolkit. Other recent projects include the implementation of a city documents database for the City of Sierra Madre, multiple local history digitization projects with Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, and a taxonomy and search function overhaul for Guitar Center affiliated websites. Prior to shifting to a library career, Suzanna worked in product management and business development for telecommunications and new media companies in the U.S. and abroad including RTL interactive, GlobalStep, and Mobile-XL among others. Suzanna is the current chair of the Technology Interest Group for the California Library Association.

Conrad won the award for her article, "Analog, the Sequel:  An Analysis of Current Film Archiving Practice and Hesitance to Embrace Digital Preservation," which appeared in Vol. 34, No. 1 of Archival Issues.



The Margaret Cross Norton Award recognizes the author of what is judged to be the best article in the previous two years of Archival Issues.

Rachel Howard, Heather Fox, & Caroline Daniels

L-R: Heather Fox, Caroline Daniels, Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Louisville Libraries. She holds an M.L.I.S from the University of Washington and a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame. She has worked with digital collections for libraries, museums, and archives, including the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Cornell University, University of Washington, and Museum of History and Industry (Seattle).

Heather Fox recently left her position as Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society and joined the faculty at the University of Louisville Libraries as Archivist for Metadata and Scholarly Communications.  She received her MSLS from University of Kentucky and has worked on projects for the Kentucky Oral History Commission, Appalshop, the Speed Art Museum and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.  She currently serves on the KY State Historical Records Advisory Board and is a former board member of the Kentucky Council on Archives. 

Caroline Daniels is University Archivist and director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Louisville. Before joining the faculty of the University of Louisville in 2003, she worked in Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College, an EdM from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a BBA from the University of Michigan. She was a member of the 2009 Archives Leadership Institute cohort. Her professional focus is on enhancing access to primary source materials in all formats.

Howard, Fox, and Daniels won the award for their article "The Born-Digital Deluge: Documenting Twenty-First Century Events," which appeared in Vol. 33, No. 3 of Archival Issues.



The MAC Presidents' Award was established in 1986 as a means for MAC to recognize significant contributions to the archival profession by individuals, institutions, and organizations not directly involved in archival work but knowledgeable about its purpose and value. Recipients are chosen by a committee comprising the three most recent past presidents of MAC from nominations submitted by committees in each of the 13 states in the MAC region.

 2006-2011 Landsat Science Team

 Satellite image of The State of Indiana, created from merging several Landsat images together. The 2006-2011 Landsat Science Team was nominated by John Faundeen, archivist, U.S. Geological Survey, EROS Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The Landsat archives contains millions of satellite images of the earth which are made available to anyone on-line at no cost. The Team was responsible for this free access and is also spearheading the consolidation of Landsat image holdings from around the world into the archives at Sioux Falls.  The Team is made up of many individuals who support the project of the USGS and NASA. 

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Student Poster Presentations

This year, we had 14 great student posters at the Midwest Archives Conference annual meeting. Each poster was judged on poster content (value to the profession), originality of the topic, and how the topic was presented. Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the student poster presentation contest!


1st place – Naomi Herman-Aplet for “Constructing K-12 Learning Activities in Archives”


2nd place – Rachel Lux for “All A-Twitter: Archiving the Public Record 140 Characters at a Time”


3rd place – Sarah Hoover for “Digitization for the Digital Humanities: Addressing Needs and Anticipating Uses”

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